Orphica Piano - Edition Beurmann

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mp3 Demo - Franz Schubert - Deutscher Tanz Nr.10 (Tastenumfang dem Instrument angepasst)

mp3 Demo - Franz Schubert - Deutscher Tanz Nr.12

mp3 Demo - Franz Schubert - Deutscher Tanz Nr.2

Performed by Steffen Fahl

The performances contain additional reverb.


The Orphica Piano library offers a very special little piano: Invented by Carl Leopold Röllig, the small portable instrument was built exclusively by Austrian piano maker Joseph Donal at the end of the 18th century.

Orphica - photo by Andreas E. Beurmann

Produced merely for about 15 years, the Orphica remains one of the rarest pianos today - only 30 instruments are preserved at most. Inventor Röllig was reminded of the Lyre of Orpheus. He chose the name accordingly for what happens to be a predecessor of today's portable keyboard.

The sampled instrument was built around 1798 and offers a slinky, charming and lively piano tone unlike any regular piano sound. Due to its small size featuring three octaves, it has a different main focus: Twinkle-toed, yet present with chocolate-like mids and grace, it can be great for any piano track asking for an unconsumed sound.

Orphica player. Drawing taken from "Orphica ... Mit Kupfern", Wien, Blumauer 1795

This unique instrument in the collection of Andreas Beurmann still remains in good condition and is fully playable despite its age. It is now available in your sampler, presented in its original tuning at 402 Hz (presets in 440 Hz included).

In order to deliver the Orphica experience, we captured the sound with 16 velocity layers of each note to compliment the surprisingly expressive dynamic range. Furthermore, we recorded release sounds of each key in eight variations to complete the experience of this marvellous little instrument. In addition, the library contains essays by Dr. Andreas Beurmann, explaining the background of the instrument.

Presets are included for HAlion®, Kontakt® (full version required) and EXS24® software samplers.

This sample set contains nearly 900 single recordings.


Orphica (plan view) - photo by Andreas E. Beurmann

For the recordings, we employed custom-made Wagner™ U47w® tube microphones in conjunction with Crane Song™ Flamingo® preamps and Universal Audio™ 2192® digital converters. The samples were recorded at 192 kHz/24 bits, downsampled to your resolution of choice.


fingerboard and action - photo by Andreas E. Beurmann

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Samplerate 192 kHz
Format Kontakt™/HAlion™/EXS24™
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